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The Mouth and Body Connection

oral health and overall health image from flickrBrushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are the best ways to take care of your teeth and gums. But good oral hygiene may also benefit the rest of your body. In the last few years, research has uncovered links between oral health and overall health. Here are just some of the ways your mouth and body are connected:

Gum Disease & Diabetes

Diabetes and gum disease have a two-way relationship. Diabetic patients have high blood sugar, making them more susceptible to gum infections. But in turn, gum disease weakens their ability to control blood sugar. This chicken / egg relationship explains why diabetic patients are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes. But, the relationship between diabetes and gum disease can also work in their favor: treating one condition can help keep both under control.

Oral Health & Heart Disease

Research has linked oral hygiene with heart health. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, people with gum disease are nearly twice as likely to have coronary artery disease (also known as heart disease). This relationship is not yet understood, though some researchers believe bacteria from infected gums can enter the bloodstream form clots in the arteries.

Brushing and Flossing is Not Enough.

New research suggests your body and mouth not separate Your mouth affects the rest of your body, and the rest of your body can affect your mouth. That’s why practicing good oral hygiene is essential to leading a healthy life. If you brush and floss regularly, you’re off to a great start. But brushing and flossing alone is not enough. To keep your smile healthy, you need regular checkups.

Schedule yours today at Laser Dentistry of North Jersey. We’ll identify any dental problems early, and help you prevent new ones. Plus, every patient receives a gentle, professional cleaning.

Schedule your next check up online.

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